Eastern Creek: WPS/WOW Racing Saturday report

WPS/WOW RACING INSIDE TOP 20 IN RAIN-DELAYED PRACTICE AT EASTERN CREEK WPS/WOW Racing has made a good start to Round 5 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series with both cars in the top 20 in first practice at Eastern Creek Raceway in Sydney, New...

WPS/WOW RACING INSIDE TOP 20 IN RAIN-DELAYED PRACTICE AT EASTERN CREEK

WPS/WOW Racing has made a good start to Round 5 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series with both cars in the top 20 in first practice at Eastern Creek Raceway in Sydney, New South Wales today.

On a day when the weather meant the cancellation of most of the day's activities, both Jason Bargwanna and Max Wilson were pleased with the day's work and confident that their cars had strong pace around the 3.93-kilometre circuit.

Practice today was scheduled to start at 1:15pm, but did not start until after 2:30pm after heavy rainfall suspended track activity until after 2:00pm when showers eased.

Bargwanna, a noted wet-weather specialist, wasted not time in sorting a rain set-up for the #10 WPS Racing Falcon. Wilson also showed excellent speed in the #8 WOW Racing Falcon and at the 39-minute mark of today's session sat on top of the timesheets.

Today's best lap times were set towards the end of the first segment of practice on slick tyres, an option not all teams utilised, making for a vastly spread-out leaderboard at the end of the session.

At the end of practice both Bargwanna and Wilson set very competitive times on the drying track, giving the team added confidence heading into tomorrow's qualifying and first race for the weekend.

Craig Lowndes topped today's practice ahead of Garth Tander and James Courtney.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --

Max Wilson -- #8 WOW Racing Falcon

"We didn't do a lap on slicks during the first session and that was when the fastest laps of today were done," said Wilson.

"We had a very competitive package today and the car was good both in the wet and the drying conditions.

"The circuit was not too bad today considering how much it has rained here over the last couple of days. It did not rain as hard this afternoon as it did this morning and it was good that we were able to get out on track eventually.

"The car feels good in the wet and we have a competitive package. We haven't had any running in the dry so if it is dry for qualifying tomorrow everyone will have to make an educated guess on set-up.

"So we will all have to see what the weather brings us for tomorrow, but I'm quite happy with how our day went today."

Jason Bargwanna -- #10 WPS Racing Falcon

"I'm very happy with the car, especially in the last part of the session today," said Bargwanna.

"The car was really good in the wet and our times were up there with the fastest cars in those conditions.

"In the drying conditions we also had a fast car, so while the timesheets don't really reflect where everyone was truly at, I think the entire team should be pleased with how we performed today.

"At the end of the session we had the car working very well on a drying race track. We'll have to wait and see what happens with the weather but in terms of today's conditions had a good day."

Craig Gore -- Team Owner

"Both our drivers were happy with their cars on what was a very trying day in terms of the weather," said Gore.

"The boys were putting in some very respectable lap times in both the wet and drying conditions. Both Max and Bargs can carry some confidence into tomorrow.

"The weather played a big part in the last round at Winton and it looks like it is going to play a similar role this weekend at Eastern Creek."

-credit: wps

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Series Supercars
Drivers James Courtney , Max Wilson , Garth Tander , Craig Lowndes , Jason Bargwanna